If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis, you already know how frustrating dealing with it can be. Without the help of a lot of medicine, constant aching pain makes all kinds of everyday activities incredibly difficult – if not outright impossible.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
There are alternative treatments out there. You just have to know which ones are appropriate for your pain or that of your loved one.
Many people find that chiropractic treatments can help to alleviate all kinds of pain related to arthritis. Our calculated and purposeful spinal adjustments, in addition to the numerous other ways we work with the spine, are used to alleviate back pain and allow for blood, nutrients, and energy to more easily flow throughout the nervous system.
Let’s take a deeper look at how five different types of chiropractic treatments can help with arthritis pain.
Decompression Therapy – We know that there is more to arthritis meets the eye. Arthritis is an umbrella term that includes osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. If you are suffering from osteoarthritis, decompression therapy may alleviate many of your symptoms and help you live a better life.
Osteoarthritis is often the result of Degenerative Disc Disease. After many years of wear and tear, discs in the spine may not be as strong as they used to be, which reduces their ability to protect the vertebrae and causes the inflammation of joints. Spinal decompression allows chiropractors to increase the spaces between the vertebrae and give the areas some rest. Keeping the vertebrae separate will reduce inflammation, therefore reducing the symptoms of arthritis.
Chiropractic Adjustments – Spine health and alignment has a profound affect on the way the rest of the body moves, interacts, and experiences sensation. By gently adjusting the alignment of your spine, chiropractic adjustments can treat a wide array of chronic pain, including both forms of arthritis. These adjustments will reduce the rate at which discs experience wear and tear, while taking pressure off of nerves that surround the spine.
Massage Therapy – Massage manipulates the tissues and muscles in the body, allowing the therapists to relieve tension, reduce stiffness, and improve circulation. Regular massage therapy can significantly reduce the amount of pain that patients experience from symptoms of arthritis.
Acupuncture – While researchers are still conducting studies to discover how and why acupuncture treats different forms of arthritis, we do know this. Acupuncture is a great alternative to traditional Western medicine, and is commonly praised for its ability to treat chronic pain. By directing the flow of energy to different affected areas of the body, acupuncture can be regularly used to treat symptoms of arthritis, as well as other chronic conditions.
Physical Therapy and Lifestyle Consultations – Since arthritis is a chronic condition, it can affect all areas of your life. Treating arthritis must be looked at in a similar way. Your diet, lifestyle, and physical health will all affect how you experience arthritis symptoms.
The trained staff at iChiropractic will be able to sit down with you and look at how you are treating your body and how you can move in a way that lessens your symptoms of arthritis. Whether it is changes to your diet or daily therapeutic exercise to help promote endurance and strength throughout your body, these seemingly little things can make a big difference.
To request an appointment and learn more about how chiropractic treatments can reduce the symptoms of your arthritis and improve your quality of life, contact iChiropractic today.
About the Author:
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.